APRIL 14th-16th GRIN SPRING TRANSPORTS ARRIVE SAFE IN THE U.S.A.
Wanted to share the continuing good news of the Galgos and Podencos who have made it safely to U.S. shores this last week. GRIN Board Member Marylou Hecht and Sharron Thomas founder of Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue in NH braved a quick trip to Murcia/Madrid to bring back four Galgos and two Podencos and we are happy to say everyone is back safe and sound and 6 lucky dogs have begun their new lives secure and safe. Marylou and Sharron visited with Galgos del Sol and Ibizan Hound Rescue in Murcia. They also visited the new charity shop run by Diane of IHR that helps raise funds for the dogs in their care. The dire situation in Murcia was shared with them and the reality of what these rescue groups face is overwhelming. Both Marylou and Sharron have come back again with a new energy to help these dedicated rescue friends in Spain anyway we can! On an upbeat, they were able to spend time playing with the podencos of IHR with the toys they brought for them, and cuddling some newly born podenco pups as well! They also visited a boarding facility run by a Dutch couple that helps IHR to board dogs until they are either fostered or homed. Time flew by and the whirlwind that started on a Thursday in Murcia culminated with the transport of 4 additional galgos from Galgo Connection Spain at Madrid Airport on the following Sunday. We thank IHR for the transport from Murcia it is always so nice to have them on board to help us at the airport!! Three of the Galgo from GCS, Bella, Troya and Vintage are under the care of Grateful Greyhounds in NY. Sharron Thomas adopted podenca Millie Mo from IHR as well as bringing a galga in need of rehabilitation for a hip and leg surgery she had, and GRIN brought over the Podenca Arlene for GRIN adopter Nancy Marble who adopted two other pods from us earlier this year, Kaleen and Manolo..
On April 16th - two more lucky doggies came on another whirlwind overnight transport from Madrid to JKF..thanks to Grateful Greyhound volunteer flight patron Don Baldwin who brought back GCS's Kiko and Mila the podenca two more are now safe!! Thanks also to George Knott and Scott Guttledge for helping us bring Kiko and Mila by sharing their AA miles with us!! Way to go guys!! Thanks Don and also thanks to Donna Terrusa for flying Kiko from JFK to Orlando this week! whew!!
All the dogs are doing great and everyone is so happy that we were able to complete this transport into JFK..without any problems…just the regular exhaustion of taking on a transport like this! Thank you to everyone involved.. Here are the lucky dogs! The galga Joanna was also rescued through Assoc. Argos and brought to Fast Friends as she needs rehabilitation.